HAMBURG, NY (WIVB) - Hamburg Police were called to the Toys R Us on McKinley Street just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Officials say that a male employee of the store was assaulted inside and taken to Mercy Hospital.
The victim, Laurence Wells,35, of Blasdell was in grave condition at the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was the Assistant Store Manager at Toys R Us.
The suspect is described as a male around 5'9" and 5'11" who was last seen wearing a Florida Gators championship hat from 2007, shown below. His race or motive has not yet been determined as surveillance footage from inside the store is not clear enough for officials to see.
In security images, it appears he was wearing sweatpants with letters down the left leg and a jacket with a high tan collar or some sort of scarf.
Hamburg Detective Thomas Best says that the doors to the store were locked while three employees were inside prior to the store opening at 9 a.m. stocking shelves.
Police say it's hard to determine if the attack happened while employees were still inside or if the incident happened before they arrived.
The victim was inside his office at the time of the incident where the intruder found him. The body of Wells was found by an employee who was looking for him.
Nothing was broken or damaged inside the store as the suspect somehow maneuvered the mechanism of the front entrance to get inside. It is unclear if any items were stolen.
It appears there is only one suspect who remains at large; whether the two knew each other or not remains unknown.
Police are looking for evidence inside a green car found in the parking lot of the store although it is unknown if the suspect fled by foot or by car.
If anyone recognizes the hat or has any more information on this case, they are asked to call Hamburg Police 648-5111 ext. 2502.
The store remains closed at this time while the investigation treated as a homicide continues.
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